US Support for Marijuana Legalization Hits All-Time High

But then-Gov. Chris Gregoire vetoed much of that bill, saying the state couldn't put its workers at risk of arrest from federal authorities by putting them in the middle of licensing and regulating something the federal government deems illegal. California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada legalized marijuana for recreational use, while Arkansas, Florida, Montana and North Dakota passed medical marijuana initiatives.

A CBS News survey, released on Thursday, April 20 - a day that has become a pot holiday - found that more than six in 10 Americans, or 61 percent, said they believe marijuana should be legal, a five-point increase over past year and 10-point jump from 2014.

Connecticut's legalization bill this month failed to win approval from a key General Assembly committee.

The poll also found that 58 per cent of Canadians polled thought that marijuana legalization would do more good than harm, whereas 42 per cent felt that it would do more harm than good.

Those over 65 are the most opposed to legalization, but most under age 65 support it.

"Some people are going to be celebrating this, what they perceive as a newfound liberation", Foster said. Also, any company selling recreational marijuana must be licensed similarly to how medical marijuana growers in country are now licensed.

At the time, the federal government didn't have a national law against marijuana, requiring only that products with cannabis be clearly labeled under a series of anti-poisoning laws.

The Liberal government will also ensure Canadians who need cannabis for medical purposes can do so through the existing regime, Philpott said, noting a federally appointed task force recommended a separate system alongside the recreational one.

"Absolutely it will", agreed Looney. No, marijuana hasn't been legalized in Texas. How legalized marijuana applies to boaters. Viviani believes this could lead to even stronger sales, so he's stocking up. In March, the New Hampshire House voted 318-36 in favor of decriminalization, and Senate approval appears likely. Eight other states have legalized recreational use of the drug.

As the public's opinion of marijuana continues to evolve, we could very well see more marijuana stocks like Canopy Growth readying to turn the corner.

The federal government's laws have supremacy over all state legislation.

In communities that opt for the local tax, the overall pot tax rate would be 12 percent, but a number or MA legislators are pushing for significantly higher state taxes on marijuana.

"Educate the Governor on tax and regulating cannabis like alcohol for adults 21 and older and the many social and economic benefits that model has", said Patchell. There are proposals to raise the MA legal age for pot to 25. The state could tax the sale of marijuana, and making it so that only locally grown cannabis can be sold would stimulate Delaware's agriculture industry. "It does seem to have broader support in Rhode Island", said Tracy.

But the Providence Journal reported this week that Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is urging lawmakers to wait on legalization until after March 2018, when she hopes that a state study on the pros and cons of legal pot could be completed.

The legalization of marijuana in IL is not a question of if, but when.

  • Larry Hoffman